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re k@g naIz

transitive verb
definition 1:  to identify (someone or something) from previous experience or contact with that particular person or thing.
example:  His face was covered in dirt, and it took me a moment to recognize him.
example:  I didn’t recognize her voice on the phone, and I thought she had the wrong number.

definition 2:  to be able to distinguish what something is based on knowledge of the features or characteristics of that thing.
example:  I recognize true suffering when I see it.

definition 2:  to regard or acknowledge as valid.
example:  He recognized his shortcomings and tried to improve himself.
example:  I recognize that your needs are different from mine.

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